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Robert James Allison
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When Lydia Murley can't sleep and leaves her Chicago hotel room in search of an aspirin, she finds instead a young man bleeding to death in an elevator. Due to her quick thinking, the lad survives, but upon waking from a coma he has no idea who he might be. Detectives Eugene Harlow and Jake Martini, check leads and the youth is identified as Dominick Portelli, but the day they believe part of their job is over, fate hands them a surprise. Also surprising, Detective Harlow finds that as well as thinking of his job and the victim, his mind is filled with thoughts of good Samaritan, Lydia Murley.
The voice was high pitched, and it pierced his mind, like a thin knife thrust out of the receiver and into his brain. “Honey!! Come home! Right now... come home!”
Stunned, he could only stammer barely coherent questions. “Liz? Is that you? Calm down Liz, what is it?” He was attempting to stay calm and have a calming effect on his wife. It wasn’t working, on either score.
“It... it’s... it’s... o… our b… b… baby! She’s gone!” she screamed, as her voice did the impossible and became even more shrill.
His heart sank, and a hard, tight knot formed in his stomach as not only the pitch, but also the meaning of the words themselves struck him. His throat tightened until he was sure he would pass out from lack of oxygen, and his chest felt as though a sledgehammer had struck it. Something had happened to his little girl, his only child; he must know what and he must know it now. He gave up trying to be calm as he growled into the phone, “Gone! What are you talking about! Make sense!”
“I... I took a nap on the couch. Pamela was in the playpen. When I woke up she was gone!” his wife sobbed, the shrillness giving way now to a new sound, the sound of despair.
With a continual nervous jerk, his right knee banged repeatedly against the inside of his desk as he tried desperately to focus his mind. His head was swimming, or the room was, he couldn’t tell which. He tried to speed up his mind in order to catch up with reality, but he couldn’t. Too much data was being input at one time to process and make sense out of any one thing. This was a new feeling for him; he was never out of control. He glanced around the office at the elaborate furnishings and books that lined the walls in an attempt to focus on something, anything, and hopefully stop his mind from reeling. Finally he rasped out, more from reflex than thought, “Did you look all around the house? Outside and inside?”
“Yes, of course. She’s gone, just gone.” The voice had now completely lost its shrillness, replaced by a lower, calmer tone, but despairing.
“Call the police. Did you call the police?” He was thinking again, not well, but thinking, totally unaware that his leg was still thumping loudly against the inside of the desk.
Liz hesitated, for what seemed an eternity, and when he was about to angrily repeat the question a quiet, subdued response came with a sob. “N… n… no... I called you.”
He was business-like now. The shock was over and action was taking its place, though the continued thumping from his right knee was evidence that he was far from in control. “Okay. Hang up and I’ll call! I’ll be home as soon as I can get there. You keep looking around. Get the neighbors to help. I’m hanging up now. Did you hear me, Liz? Liz!” he finished with a bone-shattering growl. It had the desired effect.
“Yes, okay, I will,” she responded, a little more rational now, he thought, but the voice was clearly heavy with despair.
Robert is an attorney who has been practicing law in Central Illinois for over 20 years. In the 1970s he served in the U.S. Army as a Military Policeman and later was a Captain in the U.S. Army Judge Advocate General’s Corp, Army National Guard. Robert draws on his life experiences in his writing and melds his experiences with his characters to give them a realism that draws the reader into their lives.
The First Suitor: When Jack Allen, an entry-level computer analyst working in his fourth floor cubicle at the NSA, receives a phone call from his boss, little does he realize what is in store. Jane Marshall, the daughter of the President, is having problems with her computer and Jack is sent to fix the problem... Be sure you have a supply of tissues handy by the time you near the end of the book. I thoroughly enjoyed the book and will be looking for more of Robert Allison's works in the future. All lovers of romances will want to read The First Suitor. --Robert H. Goss, Roundtablereviews
Matters of Faith: I cannot begin to tell you the depth of this story, but I will tell you that’s not a run of the mill work. You will be taken on a read of a lifetime and will be elated at the ending of this outstanding book. Just who was behind the kidnapping of little Pamela and is she still alive? Will Elizabeth ever come out of her coma? ....The answers await you in this remarkable read. We have tragedy, murder, deceit, unspeakable evil and love, and faith, working through characters that will become more real to you than your next door neighbor. The story is complex and totally engrossing as author Robert Allison craftily intertwines events and people, building a pyramid of mystery and suspense, yet touching the very core of faith, loyalty and love. The emotions that are stirred during this read leave you convinced that this life saga is not a fiction tale but a journal of real-life happenings. Good job! I cannot recommend this book highly enough. Every element for a wonderful read is nestled between the pages. A gift to you the seeker of a great read by a very talented writer. -- Shirley Johnson, Senior Reviewer, MidWest Book Review
Matters of Faith is an in depth book that really takes hold from the first page... Robert Allison has blended a terrible tragedy, along with murder, fraud, with a mixture of love and faith throughout the characters as they work together to find much needed answers to the problems surrounding them. Each story is captivating as it creates events that build up to a thrilling conclusion that causes an adrenaline rush.
Robert Allison is a gifted writer who has taken words and made them into a suspense filled book that delivers. He weaves the characters into different stories allowing the reader to feel the emotions that they all must endure...His writing grips and holds you to the last page. I cannot stress enough about this mystery. I really found this book a great read. Matters of Faith will be available at Wings ePress January 2006 in e-book and paperback. Be sure you pick up a copy and be prepared for a heart-racing thriller. -- Linda, Romance at Heart Magazine
Fairway Fatality: I have to say Robert James Allison is a master at his craft. He has learned how to take the reader down one road that appears to have the ending and then quickly take you on a turn that whips around and totally disorients you, leaving you to wonder what happened. Who done it, and why, is never known until the ending and this story is no different. Complex, yet simple, this book has it all; mysterious characters clamor for your attention as years of hidden secrets are played out in a top-notch conclusion. Hats off to you Mr. Allison, you did it again. Don't miss this one folks; a real winner. -- Shirley Johnson, Senior Reviewer, MidWest Book Review
Book Publisher: Wings e Press
No. of Pages: 302
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